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1 Brian R. Swett, Chief of Environment, Energy and Open Space, City of Boston

2 2 Mean High High Water +2.5 feet Projected to occur by mid-century Similar to flooding from Hurricane Sandy

3 3 Mean High High Water +5’ Projected to occur by mid- to late-century Equivalent to flooding from Hurricane Sandy if it hit during high tide

4 4 Mean High High Water + 7.5’ Could occur by late-century Charles River Dam is over- topped Sandy at mid-century

5 Sea-level ≈ 10” over past 100 years Boston Harbor Tide Gauge

6 6 Planning Climate Preparedness Task Force in City Hall Green Ribbon Commission working group focused on climate adaptation Planning Climate Preparedness Task Force in City Hall Green Ribbon Commission working group focused on climate adaptation Existing Buildings Assess vulnerabilities of buildings and infrastructure through BRA survey Better enforcement of flood proofing building standards Existing Buildings Assess vulnerabilities of buildings and infrastructure through BRA survey Better enforcement of flood proofing building standards New Buildings Incorporate climate change adaptation guidelines into Article 80 Wetlands Ordinance and new floodplain maps New Buildings Incorporate climate change adaptation guidelines into Article 80 Wetlands Ordinance and new floodplain maps Emergency Response Review emergency operation planning Emergency Response Review emergency operation planning Climate Ready Boston Feb. 2013

7 Solar Powered Fueling Stations for Emergency Vehicles at 400 Frontage Road 120 kW Deer Island Constructed to Withstand 2 Feet of Sea-Level Rise Solar Powered Traffic Signals Along Evacuation Route

8 8 Aquafence in Fort Point Channel Protecting existing buildings & infrastructure against flooding

9 Mechanical, electrical and emergency services on roof out of harm’s way Operable windows keyed open in event of systems failure Critical patient programs above ground floor Key floors above 2085 High Estimate 100- year Flood Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital

10 Additional Climate Preparedness Planning & Initiatives 2014 Climate Action Plan Update Neighborhood Planning City/University Climate Partnership National Preparedness Month (September) Regional Climate Preparedness Summit “Living With Water” Design Competition

11 We have options.

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